Zambia is known as the land of the legendary African walking safari. It is a country that offers remarkable natural beauty, home to one of the natural wonders of the world, the spectacular Victoria Falls as well as the mighty Zambezi River where visitors can enjoy thrilling white water rafting excursions. Zambia is known as a vibrant and friendly country with an abundance of wildlife and prolific birdlife. Livingstone and Lusaka are the two major towns, the rest of Zambia is rustic, untouched and unspoilt. This country truly is a diamond in the rough!
Zambia sits mainly on an expansive central plateau, and boasts the Zambezi, Kafue and Luangwa rivers – as well as one of the largest waterfalls in the world, the Victoria Falls, which it shares with neighboring Zimbabwe.
Apart from Victoria Falls, Zambia is home to 17 beautiful waterfalls and 19 national parks offering visitors some of the best safari experiences on the planet. Zambia has the largest water resources in the entire southern Africa with 5 enormous lakes and many rivers offering fantastic fishing and canoeing opportunities.
Zambia is one of the best African countries to embark on a riveting safari, and most importantly, it’s home to an impressive number of rare and unusual animal species. Some of the best places to see them is within South Luangwa National Park and Kafue National Park, which are the biggest parks in Zambia. The magical unicorns of the African bush, these nine animals have captivated the imagination of rangers and safari-goers for decades. And the reason is simple. Their tendency to navigate through the wilderness under the radar makes encounters with them a-once-in-a-blue-moon event. So rare, a sighting often results in a celebration (complete with drinks) and revered storytelling around a crackling fire: Temminck’s Pangolin,Lichtenstein’s Hartebeest,White-tailed Mongoose, Bushpig, African Civet, Tree-climbing Lions, Sharpe’s Grysbok, Roan, Thornicroft’s Giraffe.
The Luangwa River winds its way through 3 National Parks in the Luangwa River Valley. It sustains a huge population of wildlife, particularly the water-dependent herds of buffalo and elephant. The Luangwa Valley, which marks the end of the Great Rift Valley, is one of the last unspoilt wilderness areas and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa. It covers an area of over 9000 sq. km. through which the meandering Luangwa River runs. The ox bow lagoons, woodland and plains of the valley host huge concentrations of game – including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo – and over 400 species of birds. After a night at Nkwali, the safari heads to the north of the park where you will walk for five days covering approximately 10km a day, following the Mupamadzi River. This clear river is a major tributary of the Luangwa. The area is remote and wild, the terrain and habitats varied and the game shy and unaccustomed to man. From ants to buffalo, a bird”s nest to tracking a lion, you will learn the many facets of the bush. The fully serviced mobile camp is extremely comfortable and well-equipped with walk-in tents and full bedding. The shower is under a tree and the toilet is a bush loo with a wooden throne. Meals of a high standard are served under the open sky and a final night at Tena Tena or Nsefu completes the safari
The Kafue National Park is the largest in Zambia and is where guests will visit the flooded grasslands, which is noted for both its incredible birdlife and its population of herbivores and predators.
There are two main seasons, the rainy season (November to April) corresponding to summer, and the dry season (May to October/November), corresponding to winter. The dry season is subdivided into the cool dry season (May to August), and the hot dry season (September to October/November). The modifying influence of altitude gives the country pleasant subtropical weather rather than tropical conditions for most of the year.
Although there are several Languages spoken in Zambia, Seven of them were officially recognized as regional languages and they still have this official status.Together these represent the major languages: Bemba, Luapula, Nyanja Lozi, Tonga and Lozi , and Kaonde, Luvale and Lunda These seven languages are used, together with English, in early primary schooling and in some government publications.
Zambia comprises an amazing 72 ethnic groups, most of which are bantu-speaking. About 90% of the population fall into 9 major ethnolinguistic groups: the Nyanja-Chewa; Bemba; Tonga; Tumbuka; Lunda; Luvale; Kaonde; Nkoya; and Lozi
Sun block lotion, sunglasses, hats and insect repellents are essential. Binoculars are an absolute must!